Decory Bryant had surgery on his neck this weekend at St. Mary's Hospital after injuring it in the No. 4 Bulldogs' 16-13 victory over UAB. Ron Courson, Georgia's director of sports medicine, said Monday that Bryant's parents have asked that no information about his condition be released, but it was clear Monday that his teammates were concerned.
"He might not ever play again," wide receiver Fred Gibson.
happen. It's just sad that this happened."
"We're just praying for him and hoping he makes a speedy
safety Thomas Davis said.
Only a few of Bryant's teammates have been able to go see him in his
hospital room, where he remained Monday. They have been told that he
could be back at the team's practice facility by the middle of the week,
"He's in good spirits," said cornerback Bruce Thornton, who saw
on Sunday. "They say he's rehabbing and recovering real fast."
Thornton said the Bulldogs could rally around Bryant much like they did
around former defensive tackle David Jacobs, whose football career was
cut short in 2001 after he suffered a stroke.
"It's happened a lot since Coach Richt has been here, a lot of
significant injuries," Thornton said.
Bryant, who had 26 tackles this season, has normal use of his limbs and
is not expected to have his future physical movement impaired by the
injury. Secondary coach Willie Martinez said Bryant is aware it could
have been much worse.
"He's been so positive," Martinez said. "He's got a great
He's a tough competitor, tough kid."
Sophomore Tim Jennings will take Bryant's place at cornerback, and
senior Kenny Bailey will fill the nickel back role that Jennings has
played in the last five games. Mike Gilliam, a converted tailback,
becomes Georgia's third cornerback.
"Obviously depth becomes an issue now," Martinez said.
The Bulldogs will move DeMario Minter from safety back to cornerback at
least for now, Martinez said. Middle Georgia product Tra Battle will
move back into the safety rotation to fill Minter's spot.
Prayers go out for Fallen Teammate
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